It can be an easy decision to choose between taking your spouse to court and settling your divorce through an alternate route. But choosing that alternate route can be more difficult, especially since divorce mediation and collaborative divorce can look very similar from afar. While choosing between these two options, ask yourself the following four questions:
- How important is a neutral mediator? Some people feel more secure having a neutral third party listening to the conversation and guiding both parties toward a fair settlement. Some might be more comfortable knowing a totally unbiased party is in on the agreement.
- Do you want your lawyer in the room? In mediation, your lawyer will rarely be with you during sessions. For those who need the added security of a constant legal advocate, collaborative divorce may be a better option.
- How comfortable are you speaking up for yourself? In mediation, you are on your own to voice your opinions and explain your demands. In collaboration, you will have an attorney on your side to help make sure that your voice is heard and that you don’t give up on important aspects of the settlement.
- Do you want other professionals involved in your settlement? In collaboration, a financial expert and a counselor may be part of the team helping you and your spouse toward a fair settlement. While some people like the extra information and support, others would rather keep the settlement between themselves and their ex-partner.
At the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny, our Washington mediation attorneys can help you whether you choose collaboration or mediation. To learn more about our legal services, call our office today at 425-460-0550.